Wetlands are not waste lands rather, they are wealth lands that play significance role in poverty alleviation. They are life wires to many economic activities such as crop cultivation, fishing, livestock rearing etc.These were the words of the Project Manager, Living on the Edge, Nigeria, Mohammed Garba Boyi at the World Wetland Day (WWD) celebration organized by the Nigerian Conservation Foundation Living on the Edge Project (LotE) sponsored by Aage Jensen Charity Foundation in partnership with Birdlife International under the Wildlife Club of Africa Phase II Project.Mohammed, who delivered a key note address titled Values and Services rendered by Wetlands Ecosystem in the Sahel, said that celebrating the 2013 WWD at the Hadejia-Nguru wetlands (the first Ramsar site in Nigeria) was of great significance to promote awareness on its immense benefit to biodiversity and livelihood support in the community.He expressed worry on the danger that the ecosystem faced in the area as a result of natural and human induced factors such as, drought, unsustainable harvest of resources, and colonization by invasive species.While highlighting efforts being made to curtail the menace of the threats, Mohammed said the Living on the Edge Project embarked on raising/creating awareness on the need to conserve…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) has commended the Federal Government of Nigeria for releasing N10 Billion for the commencement of the implementation of the Great Green Wall Project.The Minister of the Environment, Hajiya Hadiza Mailafia recently at the National Conference on Environment in Makurdi, Benue State, stated that the Federal Government has made a commitment of N10 billion towards the implementation of the United Nations-backed programme.Great green wall brings together 11 countries to plant trees across Africa to literally hold back the Sahara desert with a swathe of greenery, lessen the effects of desertification and improve the lives and livelihoods of communities.In Nigeria, the project aims to address desertification, enhance natural resource management and promote ecosystem integrity in the dryland in the Northern parts of the Country. The Nigerian Project stretches from Zamfara and Kebbi States in the North West corner along the northern border of Nigeria to the extreme eastern border in Borno State. Eight States are involved in the Project.While commending the Government for the great effort made and its commitment towards the initiative, the Nigerian Conservation Foundation calls for the following strategies to be employed before and during the implementation to achieve a maximum result: A National…
The Nigerian Conservation Foundation joined the rest of the world to celebrate the 2013 World Environment Day.With the support from the Nigerian LNG Limited, students from different schools in Bonny Island Community in Rivers State gathered at the Banquet Hall of LNG on June 5, 2013 to celebrate the annual event with the theme “Think, Eat and Save".This year's theme is aimed at discouraging the wastage of food and to promote food loss campaign while urging people to reduce their food print.In their presentations with different costumes to depict the theme of the year, the children persuaded people to think before eating and hence contributing in saving the environment.The participating students in different age categories competed in poems and in fauna and flora dress competitions to create awareness on food wastage. The presentations were centered on the need to take corrective measures right from homes to reduce food wastage by imbibing the culture of saving and eating sustainably.The students went home with various prizes and awards for their brilliant performance at the event.
The Lekki Bird Club and the Nigerian Field Society invite interested bird watchers of all experience levels to join in a 6 to 12 hour team bird spotting competition. The purpose of the event is to promote bird watching, awareness of the environment, and protection of local habitat. The competition will begin and end at the Lekki Conservation Center (LCC) along the Lekki-Epe Expressway. Teams of 3 to 5 members can compete in the full 12 hours (two half days) or a shorter 6 hour (half-day) competition. Individuals that do not have a team will be paired with a group to enable participation. The team that spots the most species of wild free living birds will be declared winners.Birding will take place within the boundaries of 3 designated geographic locations that represent various habitats (Lekki Conservation Center, National Theatre and Tarkwa Bay). All sightings are restricted to the competition hours.To sign up and obtain a full set of the competition rules and the official Lagos bird species checklist, contact either Bunmi Jegede with the Lekki Bird Club (LBC) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Steve Turnipseedspturnip@chevron.comPlease save the dates in your calendar.
The need to take practical action aiming at reducing food waste and save the environment has been reiterated by the environmentalists including children.According to the group of conservationists who gathered at the 2013 Flora and Fauna Fancy Dress Competitions in Lagos in continuation of the World Environment Day Celebration, reducing food waste will go a long way to save money and resources, minimize environmental impacts and, most importantly, move towards a world where everyone has enough to eat.With the support from the MTN Nigeria Communication, Fidelity Bank and the Nigerian Bottling Company, some conservationists and students from different schools in Lagos gathered at the Lekki office of the Nigerian Conservation to celebrate the annual event with the theme “Think, Eat and Save - Reduce your footprint".The theme of the year aimed at discouraging the wastage of food and to promote food loss campaign while urging people to reduce their food print.The special guest at the occasion, Mrs. Obayomi Balogun in her speech said that a recent assessment indicates that crop damage from the 2012 flooding in Nigeria was more severe than initially reported. As a result, 2012/13 staple food production may be as much as 12 percent lower than November…
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